Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
November 5, 2002
WAR: The New Turks

I haven't absorbed it all yet, but clearly the biggest news of the last few days is the victory of an Islamist party in Turkish elections. This could be awful news, if it fractures our critical military alliance with Turkey, and alliance that is far more strategically important than our alliances with France or Germany, or if it leads the Turkish army - by tradition, the guardians of secular order in modern Turkey - to stage a military coup and oust nearly the only democratically elected government in the Muslim world. But it could also be wonderful news, if the Turks set an example of how a party that is faithful to Islam can be integrated into a secular democracy, after the fashion of the American "Religious Right."

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